Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Book - 2014
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Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.

We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking - suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world.

This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century.

Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763671020
Branch Call Number: 363.7 FLE
Characteristics: 203 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

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"Eyes Wide Open" is phenomenal. Read it! Packed with reliable sources and timely information about climate change, this book will open your eyes and make you think about what's going on in our world. Not only that; it also provides insight on how to "decode" the media about often politicized issues, and how to form your own opinions (and contemplate solutions) based on real, reliable information. Even though it's non-fiction, it's super readable and you won't be able to put it down. It certainly inspired to me to think more critically about global warming, our environment, and the impact that our everyday choices have on our future.

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